Best Gastropubs in Chicago

July 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

The best gastropubs in Chicago.

The Purple Pig
Mediterranean · River North · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“A perennial favorite,” Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s “always lively” Mag Mile gastropub “delights the palate” with “outstanding,” “innovative” Mediterranean small plates featuring “an abundance of pork” ( “fried pig ears, anyone?” ) paired with a “robust wine list;” though its “popularity” and no-rezzies policy can lead to “interminable waits,” most agree the “magic” is worth “braving the crowds” – and the “squeeze” of communal seating.
Owen & Engine
British · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

London pubs are envious " of the " legit " British bites at this " cozy " Logan Square gastropub, where standout scotch eggs and " one of the best burgers " in town are complemented by " a beer list you can't complaint about "; " fancy, with a side of hipster ", the wood-and-leather space comes equipped with an " über-friendly " staff, plus there’s a " beautiful " fireplace lounge with " date-night" appeal.
Frontier
Brunch · Noble Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

Interesting game " (" think alligator ") and other " quality meats " star on the " creative " American menu at this " down-to-earth " Noble Square gastropub, also featuring a " great microbrew selection "; the " rustic " space comes equipped with a " gorgeous " patio, and whole-animal meal service adds appeal " for big groups.
Dusek's Board & Beer
Bar · Pilsen · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

A "place out of time" , this "classy" gastropub in Pilsen’s circa-1892 Thalia Hall provides a "beautiful" , brick-and-chandelier space for "hipsters" to sample an "innovative" , "meat-heavy" American menu, "diverse" beers and seasonal cocktails, all courtesy of an "enthusiastic" staff; the music venue next door and a punch-centric bar downstairs (Punch House) make it "a real destination.
The Gage
Irish · The Loop · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

A "respite" from touristy Michigan Avenue, this "consistently great" "gastropub-plus" draws 'em in with an "exciting" , "diverse" menu full of "innovative" dishes and "very good" wines and beers, plus "quality" cocktails; "hip" surrounds include a "large and lively" front bar as well as a "contemporary" dining room, and despite a "noise level issue" , many agree the "first-rate" experience is "worth the temporary deafness.
Hopleaf
Bar · Andersonville
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

An enormous list of beers and ales " can be found at this affordable Andersonville gastropub (21-plus only) also serving Belgian-focused eats like " killer mussels and frites "; " tons of seating " and a " cool vibe " (" an extra beer will convince you you're in Brussels ") make it a " great place to catch up with friends.
Sable Kitchen & Bar
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Inventive ", " fun-to-share " American plates " just click " at this River North hang in the Hotel Palomar where " killer " cocktails fuel a " high-energy " bar scene in " luxe " surrounds; it's a " bit pricey " for some who find it " just OK " given the " hype ", but most conclude " there's little room for disappointment here.